Het Steen is the oldest building in Antwerp – the first stones date from the 11th century – and over the centuries it has fulfilled several functions. It is located along the Scheldt River, near a former peninsula called De Werf. The first settlement with earth walls appeared on De Werf in the 9th century. It became a fortress. Around the turn of the century, between the 12th and 13th centuries, a stone fortress wall and Het Steen, one of three gatehouses in the fortress, were constructed here. Het Steen was substantially refurbished under Charles V at the beginning of the 16th century. You can still see the colour difference in the façade.
The ancient monument Het Steen is undergoing a substantial renovation. Het Steen will be the gateway to Antwerp in 2021 and familiarise visitors with the past, present and future of this attraction. In the meantime stroll past the building, take lovely photos and discover what’s in store for the building at the information stand.